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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 2, June 2014

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Yesha Shah
Surat, Gujarat, India


Wheel of Life

It is a hot and humid October afternoon. We are back from a long day of festival shopping. I emerge from the auto with bags, purses and two cranky kids. My sleepy three year old tumbles and bruises his knee. I drop everything and pick him up, rain kisses on his knee and tear-stained cheeks. His doting, elder sister fetches a sippy bottle from my handbag. The watchman of the building comes running and picks up all the baggage. My little one rests his head on my shoulder. I notice our neighbor, a middle-aged gentleman, who is silently watching all this. His younger son, a teenager, was the victim in a fatal car accident just a week ago.

Diwali night—
a lone lamp flickers by
his framed photo

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